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Wedding Registry Event - Pottery Barn Vancouver



It’s time for another fabulous wedding event, with Pottery Barn Vancouver bringing you some of the best gift registry selections available. The event will take place on Thursday June 28th from 6pm to 9pm. As wedding professionals we are very excited to see all of the beautiful items this fabulous store will present for creating your perfect home.

It gets better, especially if you are over-whelmed with all of the options, the Pottery Barn registry experts will be available to assist you in person with ideas for your dream registry.

Expert Panel | Wedding Cake Designs and Trends Part II



Well we had such a delicious time with the part one of the Expert Panel Wedding Cake Designs and Trends article that we just couldn’t wait to give you part two of this article.

Full Name and Occupation:

My name is Chris Hedlund, and I am a Brazilian-born Canadian, owner and the artist behind Berliosca Cake Boutique in Vancouver, British Columbia.

What are some suggestion you would give to a new bride when designing their wedding cake?
Make it personal. Sure you can get inspired by other wedding cakes and décor, but instead of approaching your cake artist asking the cake to be replicated in its entirety let her know what are the elements that you like the most but let your cake artist design a cake that incorporates what you like yet creating something unique for your wedding celebration.

Photographs provided by Berliosca Cake Boutique


How can brides customise their cakes?
At Berliosca Cake Boutique we let brides customize everything. From flavour to design, the cake should be a reflection of the couples personality.
Where do you draw inspiration from when designing a new wedding cake?
Inspiration can come from anywhere. I pay special attention to the elements of the wedding such as the gown, décor, invitation but I often ask couples questions about how they met, things they like and how they would describe each other to gather inspiration for their cake.
What are some the steps you take when approaching a new cake design?
I ask brides to gather visual references of what they expect to see at their wedding. Inspiration boards, colour scheme, laces and patterns, invitations and so forth. I also ask them to bring something they don't like, just to give me a range of ideas. Then I get to know the bride and groom about themselves and let the creativity flows.


Thank you Chris for sharing your passion and your craft with us, if you would like to connect with Chris visit her delightful cake boutique in Vancouver or visit her at her website at Berliosca.com To keep in touch with us for your next expert opinion article on all things weddings follow us on Twitter @CountDownEvents and keep up to date!

Wedding Bouquets and Boutonnieres!



Like a beautiful centrepiece on dining tables the bridal bouquets are the centrepiece of the brides’ outfit. It can add a colour contrast to an all-white bridal gown or further accentuate the colour theme of your gown and wedding. It is the traditional accessory at weddings symbolizing the good luck and charm of the bride, which is why it is tossed in the air, so that the bride’s good fortunes can be taken home by someone else at the wedding.
CountDown Events would like to offer you some suggestions on how to choose the perfect accessory, not only for the bride but also for other members of the wedding party.


The Bridal Bouquet:
Bridal bouquets come in many different colours, shapes and styles. Your bridal bouquet should say who you are without having to say a word. The right bouquet for you depends on the design of your dress and the style of your wedding celebration. Whether picking a classic/traditional or a modern design, your bouquet’s colours and design can set the tone for the rest of the flowers in and around your wedding day. A small tip to carry with you as you design the bridal party flowers with your florist "keep in mind your true style; there are many new trendy designs in magazines however when selecting this small but significant design element, remember your personal taste" says Soha Lavin of CountDown Events


The Maid of Honour:
The Maid of Honour traditionally carries a slightly larger bouquet, than those of the other bridal party members.
Bridesmaids Bouquets:
The bridesmaids’ bouquets generally follow the same design as the bridal bouquet, although a little smaller and sometimes just with one or two elements such as colour or type of flower that sets them apart from the bridal bouquet. A good starting point in planning the bridesmaid bouquets will be the colour of their dresses. The bouquet colour may match their dress colour or it may be the basis of contrast. Whichever you choose their bouquets should complement your own as well as their dresses.
Mother of the bride and groom:
corsages are generally the tradition here, however these days many mothers prefer to carry their own small bouquets. These flowers are worn or carried by the mothers to indicate their importance and gratitude from the bride and groom. Your mothers’ taste and likes should be considered when picking flowers for her. It will be more sentimental, if you give them their favourite type of flowers.
Groom and Groomsmen Boutonnieres:
These boutonnieres will give life to the traditional tuxedo or suit worn by these fine gentlemen. A Groom’s boutonniere does not necessarily have to be larger than the groomsmen but it should definitely be more distinctive. Worn on the left lapel, boutonnieres are generally one or a few small blossoms such as: rosebuds, stephanotis, gardenias or orchids. Tasteful yet masculine.


Make sure to let the special people in your life know how important they are to you on your special day by giving them corsages, small bouquets and boutonnieres. A small token of your appreciation and remember whichever design or colour scheme you select be sure to have fun when choosing flowers for your wedding. After all what could be more blissful than picking flowers and seeing all of the pretty colours come to life on your special day.

Stay tuned as CountDown Events brings you more tips and suggestions on flower arrangements for the entire wedding. Follow us on Twitter @CountDownEvents and our Facebook page to read our next article on the wonderful world of weddings.

A CountDown Events Countryside Wedding!



Planning an intimate and rustic wedding? We are often asked about unique locations as most couples are searching for an "out of the box" wedding! In BC we are blessed with many amazing locations; however as soon as you venture off the proven path it is best to hire the assistance of professionals to ensure your wedding is smooth and stress free! To celebrate our wedding season and the official start of summertime in Vancouver and British Columbia we wanted to share a beautiful CountDown Events Weddingon the stunning Pender Island. With the Ceremony held at a cabin, overlooking the water and the rest of the Gulf Islands of Beautiful British Columbia.

For the reception, an outdoor area was gorgeously decorated to take you on a trip to rural France and the European countryside for a stand-up cocktail celebration. For a perfect blend of the island touch and elegance, the catering of the wedding however was left to non-other than href="http://poetscove.com/" target="_blank"> Poets Cove, we highly recommend exploring this amazing gem location on Pender Island.

The bride carried a gorgeous Wildflower, White Peonies and the Star of Bethlehem Blooms bouquet that augmented the style and theme of this rustic and outdoorsy wedding. Even though the style of the wedding had a more relaxed countryside feel we still worked with the best wedding professionals to ensure the vision and execution were absolutely perfect.


Wedding Photography by Jana Vackova Photography

Reem Acra Trunk Show at Blush Bridal



It’s time for another fabulous designer Trunk Show, with Blush Bridal bringing you Reem Acra all the way from the runways of New York. This glamorous, sophisticated bridal collection is known for beautiful silhouettes and luxurious details.

From October 19th to 21st only, Blush Bridal will feature some of the one-of-a-kind designs from this amazing collection. By appointment only, RSVP to bridal@blushoccasions.com


If you would like to make an appointment for this upcoming Trunk Show please contact Blush Bridal at 604.925.3218. Space is limited so do book your appointment early.


Images provided by Blush Bridal

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